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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32691

Title: I Could have been a Contender: A Semiotic Analysis of Representative Films on Italians Outside Italy
Authors: D'Alfonso, Antonio
Advisor: Capozzi, Rocco
Department: Italian Studies
Keywords: Cinema
Italian outside Italy
Issue Date: 21-Aug-2012
Abstract: This thesis offers an in-depth analysis of five films (Pane e cioccolata, Queen of Hearts, L’Emmerdeur, Mediterraneo sempre, Raging Bull) which deal with the Italian reality outside of Italy. The segment-by-segment study of these works reveals overlapping themes that define parameters that can be used to define a deterritorialized culture which the author of this study names the Italic culture. The analytical system produced can help scholars and students to understand what constitutes the filmic narrative of ethnic films. The title of the thesis derives from a monologue spoken by Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull by Martin Scorsese, which is a paraphrase of another monologue said by Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront by Elia Kazan. Though the words of the speeches are similar, their meaning is different. What for Malloy was a need for success becomes for LaMotta a criticism of this success. Presented at once as a study of forms and a survey of cultural connotations, this investigation proposes a journey into the representative world created by immigrants and children of immigrants who, by refusing to disappear into sameness, question what it means to be Italian in the world today.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32691
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